Take the 4Leaf Survey

The world’s first survey of its kind

Survey Poster 2Twelve questions—2 or 3 minutes. A quick and easy way to estimate how healthy you are eating…without counting calories or computing percentages.

Take survey now online at 4leafsurvey.com

(or at the end of this introductory page)

Click the link above for a printer friendly one-page form, complete with scoring instructions. It only takes 2 or 3 minutes. For more information about the survey, scroll down

What are we measuring? 4Leaf for Life is based on the simple premise put forth by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, “The closer we get to eating a diet of whole, plant-based foods, the better off we will be.” We know that the closest that we could possibly get would be 100% of our calories from those healthiest of foods.

So, for 4Leaf for Life, we set the top bar at 80%—meaning that if you consume 80% or more of your calories from whole plants, you’ll be eating at the 4Leaf level. From 60 to 79%, the score is 3Leaf and so forth. So where do most people score? How healthy is the typical Western diet?

Someday, this survey will be on a 4Leaf app for smart phones.

Our standard American diet is not very healthy. Most people in the USA and other Western countries are consuming the very un-healthful “typical Western diet,” with some combination of meat, dairy, eggs, fish and/or refined carbs at every meal. As you might guess, this harmful  diet does not score well on our 4Leaf scale.

We see six overall levels of eating—with the majority of the people eating a very unhealthful diet. With more information, we find that most people will voluntarily make improvements in their diet. Here’s our estimate of how the population of the USA is currently eating:

  1. 4Leaf level1% of the population (80 to 100% from whole plants)
  2. 3Leaf level—2% of the population (60 to 79% from whole plants)
  3. 2Leaf level—3% of the population (40 to 59% from whole plants)
  4. 1Leaf level—4% of the population (20 to 39% from whole plants)
  5. Better than Most—25% of the population (10 to 19% from whole plants)
  6. Unhealthful Diet—65% of the population (less than 10% from whole plants)

Is 4Leaf the same as vegetarian? Not necessarily. Some vegans and vegetarians derive a very small percentage of their calories from whole plants. Although they’re not eating animal flesh, they’re getting most of their calories from refined carbohydrates (white pasta, bread, etc.), olive oil, cheese, yogurt, sweets, salty snacks, soda—and none of those are health-promoting foods.

The primary key to vibrant health is consuming lots of the healthiest foods…whole plants.

Our survey measures what you ARE eating—not what you’re avoiding. It was designed to estimate the approximate percentage of your calories that are derived from whole plants. The higher that percentage, the greater your chances of achieving vibrant health—while providing your body with the maximum amount of protection from chronic disease.

Go easy on the fat. Regardless which level of 4Leaf eating you choose, we recommend that you strive to keep your percentage of calories from fat below 20%. The average American gets close to 40%. So if you’re trying to lose weight, you should go easy on whole plants with high fat content. Nuts, avocado, olives and seeds derive well over 50% of their calories from fat. And, of course, olive oil (all oils) are 100% fat.

Twelve questions—2 or 3 minutes. A quick and easy way to estimate how healthy you are eating…without counting calories or computing percentages.

Take the 4Leaf Survey now at 4leafsurvey.com

 The above survey measures your normal eating habits.  To measure exactly what you ate for one day, try our 4Leaf Survey—Daily Reporting Version

Please send me your score, comments or questions to jmorrishicks@me.com Let me know how accurate you think it was in assessing your approximate 4Leaf level. Here are links to three more printer-friendly PDF one-pagers that might be helpful as you move up the 4Leaf scale:

Tips for improving your score. In the last link, you can easily see how your own answers to twelve simple questions will enable you to see exactly what you need to do to take charge of your own health.

The Bottom Line. We know that everyone may not care about reaching the 4Leaf level of eating. But, for those who do, we think that this incredibly simple tool will help.

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen. Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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